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  • Posted March 3, 2010

    The Santorini Eruption (~1625 BCE) and the Exodus from Egypt

    I enjoyed reading Sivertsen's interpretation of the Biblical account of the "Exodus" from Egypt. In fact her theories fascinated me, because I have long believed that the "PLAGUES" inflicted on the Egyptians were somehow related to the massive eruption that destroyed Satorini.

    Sivertsen's reconstruction of the EXODUS from Egypt will not be universally accepted. In fact, it is likely to be rejected by religious Fundamentalists. The originality of her theories appealed to me, but I do not claim to be knowledgeable in radioactive dating, nor in biblical archaeology, and certainly not in the field of Biblical authorship.

    The problem of accurately dating events that took place 3.5 millenia ago, and placing them, on a chart, with all other "known" HISTORICAL events may prove to be a formidable task. Sivertsen's suggested solution may
    not be acceptable to scientists of all the relevant disciplines.

    Sivertsen provides a succint summary of her findings in Chapter 10. And in Chapter 11, she discusses some of the current scientific knowledge that she relied upon to arrive at her conclusions.

    At the present time the dating of the Santorini eruption cannot be made to coincide, readily, with the archaeological dates. If knowledgeable scientists cannot agree, a layman like myself is left to takes Sivertsen's findings on faith alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2009

    Excellent New Theory about Exodus

    In the past six years I have researched questions related to the Exodus in a lot of depth. I have read and personally rejected a long list of theories. I have a shelf and a half of books related to this topic.

    In March 2009, a new book came out with another new proposal for resolving this very question.

    The book is:
    Sivertsen, Barbara J. The Parting of the Sea: How Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Plagues Shaped the Exodus Story. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (2009)

    One of the editorial reviews says that Barbara Sivertsen's book The Parting of the Sea, "provid[es] what may be the most coherent correlation yet of ancient Egyptian history, the archeology of both Egypt and Palestine, and the biblical traditions of pre-literate Israel. ... This outstanding accomplishment should be a source of research direction for years to come."

    I agree strongly with this assessment.

    In an interview Barbara Sivertsen stated, "I'm convinced my hypothesis explains the events much better than others."

    I agree with this assessment too.

    The book gives a lot of supporting argumentation for the thesis that, "the Exodus was in fact two separate exoduses". I think that the arguments are strongly supported. I think that it would even be possible to add a few additional arguments that do not even appear in the book.

    This book is not a warmed over, repackaged version of Hans Goedicke, Ian Wilson, or Simcha Jacobovici. It is a new theory with many new and highly original ideas. This book does an exceptional job of weaving the textual and archaeological evidence together in a way that works without resorting to revisionist chronologies and far-fetched scenarios that have been discredited by other scholars. It is well researched and it is very "coherent". It does an exceptional job of fitting the seemingly discrepant pieces of the puzzle together in a way that ends up making a lot of sense. I recommend it to everyone for thoughtful consideration.

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